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Suspended Michigan players back; status for Tide opener unclear

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Nearly three weeks after separate off-field legal issues triggered indefinite suspensions, Fitz Toussaint and Frank Clark are back with their teammates.

Whether that will be the case for the huge season opener in a couple of weeks, however, remains to be seen.

Head coach Brady Hoke confirmed Sunday at the team’s media day that both Toussaint and Clark have been cleared to practice with the Wolverines. The duo had missed the first week of summer camp due to the suspensions.

When asked if either, both or neither of the two would be available for the season opener against Alabama, Hoke wouldn’t allow, at least publicly, what their status for the opening may be.

I wish I could tell ya,” Hoke said when asked if they will play in the neutral field game against the defending BcS champions.

It’s been widely assumed that both would be suspended for at least the opener because of their arrests last month.

Toussaint, who led all Wolverine running backs in rushing last season, was arrested July 21 and charged with operating a vehicle while impaired. In line to win a starting defensive end job, Clark was charged around the same time as Toussaint with second-degree home invasion. That charge stemmed from the alleged theft of a MacBook Air from a student’s dorm room this past June.

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18 Responses to “Suspended Michigan players back; status for Tide opener unclear”
  1. inhokewetrust says: Aug 12, 2012 8:18 PM

    Hail hail Michigan…the champions of the west….

  2. timh1955 says: Aug 12, 2012 8:28 PM

    I don’t think two players are going to make any difference when Bama plays Michigan as Alabama is by far the dominant team.

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 12, 2012 8:59 PM

    Time will tell as to which the dominant team is. Obviously, I’m not a “that school from up north” fan, but if Denard and Fitz are at their best then Bama might be in for a surprise.

  4. indi0228 says: Aug 12, 2012 9:01 PM

    Ah…’s a Walmart Wolverine chiming in. More like the champions of the police blotter. Six players arrested in 6 months. Hope their ready for the Bama beatdown.

  5. timh1955 says: Aug 12, 2012 9:03 PM

    It should be a good game.

  6. truetarheelfan says: Aug 12, 2012 10:06 PM

    Now now let’s play nice it’s not like Alabama hasn’t had its own off field issues

  7. bigdinla says: Aug 12, 2012 10:22 PM

    Did anyone really think Hoke was going to suspend 2 of his best players? No way! This game is way to important.

  8. buckeye94 says: Aug 12, 2012 10:36 PM

    Ima buckeye fan but I respect all opponents n all big ten teams. Hope the team up north clobbers Bama only so they n the bucks meet both undefeated n my buckeyes win!

  9. rsmeans says: Aug 12, 2012 10:37 PM

    The Big 10 talks about the SEC all the time on suspensions. But on any team in the SEC those players would have been suspended for a minimum of two games. The Big 10 coaches and fans always accuse the SEC of transgressions when it is the Big 10 that has huge transgressions without punishing the offender. But being such a weak conference it makes no difference in enhancing their accomplishments on the field.

  10. latchbeam says: Aug 12, 2012 11:06 PM

    Stay classy, Michigan.

  11. latchbeam says: Aug 12, 2012 11:13 PM

    @rsmeans Really?? You only get suspended for two games in the SEC if you commit murder. And thats only if the player’s father doesn’t take the blame. Everything else is just brushed under the rug.

  12. BrownsTown says: Aug 12, 2012 11:34 PM

    Are all of those players suspended in the Tom Al-betar scandal back yet? I can’t remember how many games they received. Shame about that championship trophy, too. To win it all and then, well, you know…….

    But let that be a lesson that when you take illegal benefits, you will face serious consequences. The NCAA doesn’t mess around with stuff like that (or soliciting a few hundred grand either). Zero tolerance!

  13. BrownsTown says: Aug 12, 2012 11:36 PM

    P.S. Hoke is fat

  14. bigbuckeye76 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:49 AM

    I think Bama wins, but I think it will be close for 3/4’s..

  15. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:02 AM

    It wont matter if Bama loses guys cause NCAA/Mike Slive and Sabans wallet will still annoint them to the BCS Championship Game. Can’t wait till we have playoffs so we can crown a legitimate champion.

  16. timh1955 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:08 AM

    What a totally ignorant comment!

  17. dkhhuey says: Aug 13, 2012 10:47 AM

    I’ll bet a pizza topped with doughnuts that Flounder Hoke lifts the suspension after the first series of plays!

  18. florida727 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:02 PM

    Have to admit, I’m lovin’ the trash talkin’.

    But seriously, does anyone really think Michigan has a chance, with or without these two? Ignorance is bliss, I guess.

    “tlmoon”, keep hatin’ the SEC. Remember this though: SIX consecutive national championships. Got it? SIX. (Just in case you’re learning impaired, ‘consecutive’ means “in a row”.)

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